Project Minima:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Now that's what I'm talking about

everything made or refashioned by moi, painting by Kris Dodd

Instead of dying on the vine, it's all floral all the time.
Just the way I like it.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Where'd the Gust-o A Go-Go?*

Ho-hum.  That's how I feel about my stylin' for this week's artistic inspiration:

Yellow Roses in a Vase by Gustave Caillebotte

Not about the artwork, about what I put together.  But hey, I gave it a shot.  Check it out after the break.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March's Ms. Match

I made a whole lotta stuff lately and I couldn't decide what to wear for today.  I really like everything.  And it all goes together - probably a little too well.  In fact, I felt kind of at a loss because of it.  You know, matchy-matchy.   Maybe I made a capsule wardrobe thingy.  You know where everything coordinates.  A black straight skirt, black straight leg pants, purple t-top and multi-print top.  More about that later. 
My newly made knit top and pants

Anyway I tried to throw it off balance a bit with this reversible vest I made awhile back

+ ebay shoe/boots (I think they may be too small...)
Another view with my old refashioned purple shoes
More about the capsule after the break

Monday, March 11, 2013

Moi On the Rocks

Here's the latest Style Imitating Art inspiration:

The Wanderer Above A Sea Of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich

Hey I can relate to that!  See how I did after the break...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Is it Almost Spring Yet?

I've been working and working and working on my new Spring Coat.  And tah-dah, here it is!
ooo, and check out those new-to-me ebay boots...

I'm so excited about it.  It's made from the endless scraps of fabric I have about the place - including the vintage drapery ( the sleeves).  The base is some of what I scored when the fabric store down the street suddenly went out of business and everything was 90% off.  Can you imagine?!!  It's embossed velveteen.  I worked from a Koos pattern.  I love them, always so exuberant and complicated.

I'm going to visit all the wonderful women at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style that I missed last week.  And the crowd at Monday Mingle, and, of course, Lakota's Ta-Dah Tuesday.  Oh, and don't forget the Pleated Poppy.  Come join us.

Ed. Note:  A year later I'm connected up with Sheila's Shoe Shine and Sacramento's Share-in-Style: Autumn.   My lovely boots never got the chance to shine on their own and my transitional coat gets such short air/ wear time between seasons, it was a great chance to show them off together again.  Hope you don't mind...

See more views of the amazing Spring coat, after the break!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Addendum to my Previous Report

Now this is the actual State of the Studio these days:

In the midst of it.  Of course I art-ified it to make it a bit more glamorous...

And here's another view around the corner a bit more...
more clutter that can't be glamored

See the sewist's power source after the break.

Friday, March 1, 2013

State of the Project Minima: Y2 Q3

Seems this Winter Quarter was a slower production period with a total of 14 pieces completed.  The items can be seen on the Clothes for Winter  page under Year 2.  On the other hand, I know I've doubled my ebaying...

painting by Antonio Donghi
Trends noticed from the last 3 months:

~  for the first time I had a 2-week hiatus from blogging that spontaneously occurred in mid February.  (I think this came about due to extraneous stress from outside obligations where something had to go.)
joined a Bra-Sew-Along and quickly dropped out when it seemed out of my league
bought more boots from ebay (2 pair of cowboy boots, 1 extra pointy brown, 1 black suede & leather and 1 pair extra pointy black leather riding boots)
buying more patterns, now from ebay
~  I'm working more from patterns and fabric, less from old clothes to be refashioned
~  Although I do tend to deviate from patterns and go off on my own design
~  I've really enjoyed using up scraps of fabric and/or mixing fabrics in one article I'm making

Some trends I'd like to see in the next quarter for Spring:

+  Much less ebaying (come up with a schedule or limit)
+  15 minutes a day/ a week of sorting an area
+   maybe start a project using every pattern I have...
+   do a swap...
+   figure out the self portrait-paper doll-clothes I'm wearing-drawing art project that's been on my mind

How's everyone else doing on their projects, goals and intentions?  What are some of your top to-dos or don'ts for the season?  I'm back to visiting y'all in the bloghood again.  yeah.